Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- Guests can request a featherbed for their mattress when they arrive at no additional charge
- Windows in the guestrooms actually open
- Free WiFi
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
What To Know
- Streetside and deluxe rooms can get noisy; request a room on a higher floor
- Geared toward couples, not families
- No on-site fitness center, but guests of the hotel get passes to nearby New York Sports Club
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Dark wood furniture and red velvet accents set the mood in this 1920s boutique hotel, a throwback that nods to Hollywood glamour. Named for one of New York’s top French restaurants of that time, the Hotel Elysée was once a favorite of New York’s rich and famous. Today the 100-room spot hosts travelers looking for a great location and locals power-lunching at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar.
Bed and Bath
The 100 guestrooms have a European flair, with antique-style armoires and writing desks and a lush mix of stripes, florals and brocades. Modern amenities include large (but well-hidden) flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Marble bathrooms spoil guests with stately pedestal sinks and Gilchrist & Soames products.
The hotel’s Monkey Bar is such a New York legend that it’s gotten almost as much screen time (Mad Men, Sex and the City) as the celebs who dine here. Try to reserve one of the round booths lining the walls beneath the 1950s murals for the best views of the power lunchers and New York characters downing dirty martinis. Plus, in a throwback to the 1920s, the hotel offers a weekday cocktail reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with champagne, fine wines and plenty of hors d’oeuvres.
How to Get There
First time guest. Stayed for a long weekend. Our room had 2 beds, facing the street. I believe on either the 2nd or 3rd floor—can't recall. While others have commented on street noise, that didn't bother us as we are used to the city. The room is small but more than adequate for NYC. The decor is dated and worn. They offer a carb breakfast (good coffee) and ok wine/cheese in the evenings which we took advantage of a couple of nights. Me (in my 50s) and my son (in his 20s) were definitely the youngest guests there. There is ample room in their lounge and, with the older crowd, it was very quiet—almost too quiet actually as we felt we should whisper. The attached Monkey Bar offers excellent cocktails (albeit pricey)—again older crowd. The employees working in their breakfast and lounge area were delightful. The location is within easy walking distance of MoMA, Central Park and the Theater District (albeit the weather was good while we were there). The reason this hotel gives me reason to pause returning are: 2 doormen/3 people working the front desk and none of them were friendly or helpful. I had to ask for the internet password, ask for the MoMa passes which were included with the reservation, ask where their library/lounge was located and ask how to get to my room. I arrived at 3:10 pm, no-one was busy and was told my room was not ready. That was annoying since check-in said 3 pm and I had been at airports since 4:30 am. I patiently waited in their empty lounge (after asking how to get there). No further contact until I called the front desk and was told my room had "engineering problems." I had to ask when those would be resolved and the answer was that they did not know but were working on it. Close to 4 pm, a gentleman came and said I was being changed to another room and hoped it was okay. Since I didn't see the first room, I can't compare and I was so happy to get a room that we just stayed there, which was fine. Around 5 pm, the manager came to the room with cookies, a bottle of wine and a nice smile to apologize for the inconvenience. He was the 1st one to do so as the front desk had not. The Elysee asks for full payment at booking, I realize that this is common amongst smaller hotels but, since it does that, maybe employees working the front desk don't think about smiling or being attentive to their guests. Saying "good morning"and not frowning when a guest asks you for a paper receipt would also be nice. There are better options for the price. And, usually there is something else going on behind the frowns.
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The Elysee is like coming home whenever we are in NYCity. the rooms are clean, comfortable and quiet but the best part is the large lounge area where they serve wine and cheese in the afternoon and an exceptional breakfast in the morning. We always feel welcome by the wonderful staff as well.
I loved staying in this small, charming hotel. As a white haired woman alone in New York, I felt perfectly safe in this hotel and in the neighborhood. The people behind the desk in the lobby welcomed me warmly upon my return in the evening, and with cheer in the morning. I frequented the 2nd floor lounge three times a day - breakfast, afternoon, and in the evening before bed for tea and cookies. If I am fortunate enough to return to New York, I will certainly stay at the Elysee. If you're bothered by street noise, do request a room at the back.
My husband and I are never disappointed when we stay at Hotel Elysee in NYC. It is the only hotel we use and are always so impressed with the attentiveness of the entire staff! We feel very much at home when we stay at this gem!